How to Make Dough Rise
Working With Yeast When Baking Bread
Making homemade bread is easy; but, one of the main challenges in baking bread is getting the dough to rise. Yeast will rise best in temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees fahrenheit. Finding a location in your home that stays this temperature can be difficult. If you try to make dough rise in a cooler spot, the rising will be sluggish. If you put it in a spot that is too warm, the yeast can burn itself out.
Most of us do not live in rooms that are between 80 and 90 degrees. If you do, you can just set your bread dough out on the counter to rise. Most of us need to find a warmer location.
This lens will explore working with yeast and how to make dough rise. There are plenty of ideas here, so everyone should be able to find a solution that will work for each situation.
So, let's bake bread!
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How to Use Your Oven to Make Dough Rise
- Turn your oven to "warm" for just a few minutes. Let it warm up, then turn it off. Leave the oven door shut. Cover the dough with a cloth, then set it in the oven. As long as you do not open the oven door, it should stay about the right temperature.
- Fill a shallow pan with hot water and put it on a lower shelf in the oven. Set your bread dough above it and leave the door closed. If the water cools off, dump it out and add more hot water.
- If your oven has a pilot light, you might be able to use that for your rising dough. Watch to be sure it does not get too warm. If needed, keep the door open a bit to adjust the temperature.
- You may be able to use the lightbulb in your oven to get it to the correct temperature for rising dough.
Activating Dry Yeast - How to Make Dough Rise
Need some help activating your dry yeast? Check out this instructional video.
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A Makeshift Proof Box
How to Make Dough Rise
Commercial bakeries use a proof box for their rising dough. You can make a homemade version very easily with items you already have in your house.
Step 1 - Place a towel over a heating pad.
Step 2 - Set a cake rack on top of the towel.
Step 3 - Put the dough in its bowl on the rack.
Step 4 - Invert a corrugated cardboard box or a foam ice chest over the entire set up.
Step 5 - Adjust the heating pad setting to change the temperature inside the box.
Step 6 - Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature.
Tip: If you need to increase humidity for the final rise, put the loaf pans inside sealed plastic bags to which a little water has been added.
Baking Bread at Home
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How to Make Dough Rise
Here is an instructional video from Fleischmann's Yeast with tips for making your bread dough rise.
More Ideas for Getting Dough to Rise
- Set the dough to rise in a sunny window or on a warm sun porch.
- Put your bread dough on a shelf above the hot water heater.
- Try the top of the refrigerator for a warm bread rising spot.
- Park your car in the sun and put the bread dough inside.
Making Dough Rise
Check out these instructional videos on preparing your bread dough for rising.
Do You Need a Bread Bowl?
A nice, big bowl for letting bread dough rise.
How do you make your bread?
Do You Need a Cooling Rack for Your Bread?
If the bottom of your loaf always turns out soggy, you need a cooling rack!
Proving the Yeast
Ingredients for Baking Bread - How to Make Dough Rise
Buying good quality yeast in bulk saves money. Store it in the refrigerator or freezer for a long shelf-life.
What form of yeast do you prefer when baking bread?
More Yeast Facts, Tips and Helpful Information for Baking Bread
- Yeast | Joy of Baking
Describes different kinds of yeasts and how they work. Step by step process of bread baking.
- How to Use Yeast in Breadmaking | What's Cooking in America
Information about different kinds of yeast. Conversion tables for substituting yeasts. How to store yeast. Links to information about wild yeast.
- Bread Troubleshooting | King Arthur Flour
Having trouble with your bread baking? Have a look at this troubleshooting checklist!
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